granny sweater: ABC family / striped sweater: TJMaxx / jeans: Belk / Farron boots: c/o Blowfish Shoes
grandma got hit by a reindeer - and look! i got stuck with her ugly christmas sweater!
okay, not really (i actually think that song is mega tragic - i do not wish that tragedy upon any grandmother!), but Gray Chandler decided that this ugly Christmas sweater would be super fitting for ABC Family's Jane By Design Style Challenge #4, so we're gonna dive in full force with mega packed DIY post.
Challenge #4 called for us to use every single bit of creative juice in my brain, heart, and blood and come up with 2012's most fashionable trend! what did i envision as next year's biggest trend? giant sweater bow corsages!
step 1: pick out an ugly christmas sweater like so - and pick out thread and your favorite vintage buttons.
step 2: lay the sweater our flat on the floor and cut the back into long strips.
step #4: take one strip and fold in half. fold a second time so that the bottoms criss-cross. sew a small knot at it's base to keep from unfolding. make 4 of these.
step #4: lay 4 finished strips on top of each other. align them in the shape of a flower or a gift bow. sew at center.
step #5: take 2 more strips and do the same as step #4, but make the folds smaller to allow 3 folds instead of the original 2. do this twice with 2 strips.
step #6: sew second sets of finished stripes together and then sew on top of sweater flower. cut out a circle from sweater and sew on top of the center to give it a more completed look.
step #7: sew vintage button of choice over the center of the flower (on top of the previously sewn circle). cutting the beads off of the ugly Christmas sweater, i sewed them around the vintage bead to create a pearl border.
step #8: turn the sweater flower over. cut out a felt circle to cover the stitches. last but not least, glue a pin. you can cover this pin with more of the sweater material to give it a more finished, clean look.
it's your very own giant sweater flower bow corsage,
which as i predict will be all the rage come year 2012!
so be sure to be on the lookout for them in your next issue of Instyle or on the red carpet 'cause i assure you, it's gonna be there! *wink*
what about you, friend?! do you have any fun, stylish DIY's to share? i'd love to see and so would the awesome folks over at ABC Family's Jane By Design! be sure to post them over HERE (JBD Facebook page) and let them know i sent ya! and if you are need for some more inspiration, be sure to check out this sweet video they sent for us!
and again, you guys seriously ROCK my face off - thank YOU for your support as i've pressed on in these crazy, fun challenges. keep those pom-poms close by and cheerleader skirts on 'cause i'm hoping to make it through a few more of these Style Challenges!
[happy tuesday, friend.]
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